Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign are two pillars of the R&B game right now. They are both go-to artists for rappers that need another dimension in their records(presumably their singles) to help carry the song into the ears of mainstream audiences. I believe they have delivered some of the most timeless records out. 

Shaq and Kobe, Lebron and Dwayne Wade, Magic and Karrem, Charles Barkley and Krispy Kreme Donunts,regardless of an individuals craft, it’s destiny that two titans collide at the peak of the mountain. In the world of R&B, over the past five years there are no greater acts than Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign, regardless of their commercial prosperity. Together, both artist create fun, breezy music whilst developing chemistry that felt effortless yet effective, which is the catalyst for their their newly-released collaborative album, MihTy.

The 10-track album is thoroughly tailored to be played in the company of swimming trunks, suntans,fruity drinks and scorching hot weather poolside. It’s not hard to imagine that the laid back vibes induced project was intended for an early June release—not late October—with a sound catalog that places MihTy closer to Ty’s Beach House series than the slower, moodier sonic palette Jeremih channels in his music. This doesn’t make him an outlier, though, as their are songs that act as Jeremiah showcases with an effective balancing act as collaborators. The stylistic similarities and differences between the artists help provide the fire and ice needed to create a successful collab album. Although the songwriting focus is redundant with their usual topics of women, sex, and the lifestyle that accompanies lots of sex with lots of women, MihTy truly a joint album that pairs the two in ways recent collaborative hip-hop projects haven’t successfully accomplished.

Beginning with one of the most infamous basslines in R&B that have been used since the 80’s on the “The Light,” the album starts off hot. “The Light” provides everything you need to know about MihTy, it’s moody, atmospheric and it’s two artist at the peak of their careers just having fun.It’s clear executive producer Hitmaka(formally known as Young Berg) is an R&B, as he finds the deepest of cuts to sample for the duo to sample.  As referential as the project is, it’s no surprise that that the album took as long as it did for it to release. MihTy uses classic R&B records as a stepping stone rather than a foundation. “FYT” is a revision and touch up to the Biggie and R. Kelly’s “Fuckin’ You Tonight,” classic, but that’s as close as the project gets to a nostalgia trip.

Hitmaka seems to be the unspoken artist on MihTy, as he is just as responsible as Ty and Jeremih were for the music on this project. The beats were versatile,vibrant unique, and most importantly created the atmosphere needed in order for R&B artist to thrive. Hitmaka seems to be the epitome of a producer, separating himself from solely a beatmaker. His fluffy production on MihTy not only sounds like an enhanced version of Beach House 3 but, with its tropical keys and claps and looped drum kits, could easily serve as the soundtrack to a beach party or club scene. The production’s consistency is appreciated, but its lack of diversity might be why some listeners stick to the radio singles.

Another high point in the album is “Take Your Time,” carried by Jeremih manipulating his voice in certain ways and Ty seems  complacent taking a secondary role, with backing harmonies that create a solid cut.

MihTy is an album almost entirely about women, made by two men who love singing about women in the most objectifying way possible- but at some point for a full length album the content becomes dry and repetitive. Sex is undeniably the thematic center of Ty and Jeremih’s crossover, the album seems to overlap itself and seems to be a missed opportunity. The two singers have made their careers from being womanizers but they can do more, especially with their immense talents put together.

The  tracks begin to blend into one another, with both Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign giving essentially the same performance with similar melodies on each song. Neither artist attempt to stretch out of their comfort zone or do anything unique to try and add another dimension to the project. Songs like “Goin Thru Some Thangz” and “Ride It” seep through the cracks and end up sounding like filler which isn’t good for an album with a run time of a brief 35 minutes.

Despite some of the downfalls of MihTy, Jeremih and Ty Dolla $ign’s organic chemistry makes for some catchy hooks that help elevate the project. Unfortunately, these high points aren’t enough to hide the glaring flaws that MihTy has. Sonically, MIH-TY falls victim to an obvious painful lack of variety. While there are moments on the project that feature catchy melodies and top tier production, they aren’t enough to make up for a majority of the songs sounding too similar.

Grade:6/10

Best Tracks: The Light, FYT

Ananth Para
paramana@mcmaster.ca

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